Wizards Report January 7Posted on January 14, 2013 by DJ-WizardsRadio
By Dave Johnson
The Washington Wizards one-two schedule punch that started last night in Miami continues tonight at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In round one the Wizards ended up on the ropes in a 99-71 loss to the Heat.
The final score was similar to the Wizards December 14th visit to Miami which ended in a 102-72 victory by the Heat. On Sunday night, unlike the first meeting in Miami, the knockout blow was not delivered until the fourth quarter when the Heat closed the game on a 21-0 run.
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LeBron James led the Heat with a game-high 24 points and has now scored at least 20 points in all 32 of the Heat’s games this season. It is the longest scoring streak of 20 or more points since the NBA/ABA merger. In a shining example of the Heat’s depth, Ray Allen scored 13 of his 20 points to help punctuate the decisive game-ending run by the Heat.
In the last meeting in Miami, there was little doubt about the outcome of the game after the first quarter. Last night the Wizards were more competitive, but lacked energy at the beginning when the Heat built a ten-point lead at 13-3. It was the 14th time in 32 games this season that the Wizards have dealt with a double-digit deficit in the first quarter.
Over the next two quarters the game was even when the Heat only outscored the Wizards 42-41. Through three quarters of play the Wizards committed only 5 turnovers and had a 9-2 advantage in fast-break points. With their turnovers under control and the Heat shooting a manageable 43 percent from the field, the Wizards had a chance.
It’s a chance that was lost with missed shots. The Wizards had 20 assists on 29 made field goals, but shot 35 percent from the field. In going 29 of 81, the Wizards missed 14 shots inside the foul lane. Despite their offensive woes the Wizards were within seven points at 78-71 in the fourth quarter before failing to make a basket over the final 7:07 of the game.
Kevin Seraphin led the Wizards in scoring with 14 points and Cartier Martin also off the bench added 13 points. The only Wizards starter in double figures was Martell Webster with 10 points, but on 4 of 11 shooting from the field.
“You have to score some points, that’s the thing. Defensively I thought we challenged them really well. When the score was seventy eight to seventy one, we had them (Miami HEAT) down to forty percent shooting. We did have some defensive break downs but when you are not scoring they (Miami HEAT) are running and it makes the game difficult for us to win.”
The Oklahoma City Thunder:
The Wizards will need to find points from somewhere tonight because the Thunder has had little trouble scoring this season. The Thunder is near the top of several offensive categories.
The Thunder is:
#2 Points per game at (105.6)
#3 Field goal percentage at (.480)
#1 Free throw percentage (.843)
#1 3-point field goal percentage (.406)
#1 Point differential (8.9)
Kevin Durant is third in the NBA in scoring and is after his fourth consecutive scoring title. Durant is the first player since Michael Jordan to win three consecutive scoring titles.
Durant loves playing against the Wizards with an average of 31.4 point per-game--his highest average against any opponent.
Against all odds the Washington Wizards found a way to deliver another January surprise against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bradley Beal’s jumper from the top of the key with .3 seconds left secured a 101-99 win over the Thunder that triggered memories of a win almost a year ago.